For the Love of God

A (Not So) Short Glimpse of the Worldwide Short Film Festival

The Worldwide Short Film Festival knows that there's nothing quite like a short film. Due to their brevity, they can transform the simplest moments into something poignant or absurd and if you love them or hate them they can be over faster than a commercial break! But whether it's a Japanese animated short by Shinichiro Watanabe of Cowboy Bebop and the Animatrix fame, a short featuring Dave Foley from Kids in the Hall, or shorts about zombies, the 7th annual Worldwide Short Film Festival has got you covered. More tips on what to see this year after the jump!

The best thing about the Worldwide Short Film Festival is that with the amount of films they can put in a program, they seem to have a slot for every potential film genre, so let me break them down for you.

Are you interested in Japanese animated films (anime)? You might want to try the Japanese Spotlight: Genius Party and Genius Party Beyond programs, which feature works such as the love story Baby Blue by director Shinichiro Watanabe, Happy Machine by an animator who worked previously with Studio Ghibli and the sumptuous steam punk short, Tou Jin Kit. The Japanese Spotlight: Genius Party and Genius Party Beyond can be seen separately or together as a double bill on Thursday at 7:15 and 9:30 at the Varsity.

Are you a fan of the naughtier film festivals or porn awards? Why not try the Slap 'n' Tickle program that contains films such as I've Never Had Sex... which exposes the sexy secrets of Toronto personalities and the satire Love is Love where straight people are the minority featuring comedian Margaret Cho, as well as A Day in the Life of Richard, about an average day in the life of a six-foot-tall penis. Slap n' Tickle screens Wednesday at 9:30pm and on Saturday at 10:30pm at the Cumberland.

Are you more of a Midnight Madness type of fan? There's two different programs to choose from, Midnight Mania: Creepy and Midnight Mania: Freaky, featuring The Dreamhouse where dolls are no longer playthings, a singalong for a melting cat, and Torontos' specialty, zombie films. The Midnight Mania screenings are Friday and Saturday at midnight at the Cumberland.

Want to see more celebrities at the festival? Try the Celebrity Shorts program, with actors such as Tony Hale (Buster from Arrested Development) as an office drone with a magic keyboard in CTRL-Z where the keys can erase real mistakes, or For the Love of God, a claymation film with Steve Coogan and Sir Ian McKellan about a family who loves God in many...different ways. Celebrity Shorts can be seen Thursday at 7:30pm and Saturday at 8:30pm at the Cumberland.

Remember, this is only a small portion of what the festival has to offer. The Worldwide Short Film Festival begins with their Opening Gala tonight and runs until Sunday June 15th, for more information check out their website.

Photo: For the Love of God

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